IBI Group provided architecture services for the design of Core Condos in Toronto, a 24-storey condominium tower with a three-storey podium. Cherishing the city’s past, the design incorporates the surrounding heritage properties to create a memorable architectural ensemble.
Modern architectural design for the urban professional
Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Core Condos is a 24-storey residential tower that is custom-tailored for a young, highly social crowd. Built on a site listed on the City of Toronto’s Inventory of Heritage Properties, the designated façades and roof form of the existing century townhouses are integrated into the new development.
The architectural aspiration of this project was to embody and express the energy that characterizes the neighbourhood, and to reflect the personality of its residents. Narrow black architectural elements are incorporated along the sides of the building, creating a look similar to a sheet of paper wrapped around loosely with the corners turned back, or like a shirt with the top few buttons undone; attracting a young, professional buyer with an appreciation for design, dubbed a “button-down, not buttoned up” demographic.
The end result is an artful composition of two highly sculpted façades separated by a very narrow architectural slot at the north and south ends of the building. The juxtaposition of these skewed forms, their interaction with each other and the sculptural base, creates a very dramatic and visually-arresting architectural ensemble.
Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Steve Kuo holds a Master Degree in Architecture from Cornell University and has 25 years of experience in all stages of architectural process with particular focus in design development, technical planning, construction documentation and management during building phase with a specialization in mixed use and high-rise residential projects.
As Project Manager, he oversees production of working drawings, contract administration and leads consultant teams for Client/Owner representatives as well as directs an Internal staff of ten on various large scale projects including Maple Leaf Square and Air Canada Centre.
Associate | Manager, Architecture
Jeff Cogliati has over 12 years of experience in an array of project typologies. The majority of his recent projects have been benefitted the highrise residential sector. His strengths lie in the conceptual and schematic design phases of his work, 3D software utilization, and he maintains close involvement with each project throughout the construction process in order to ensure that a high degree of quality is employed. Jeff has been a pivotal team member in the recently completed Core Condos in Toronto, and Maple Condos in Halifax. Jeff holds a Master of Architecture degree and is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects.